Can you believe there is less than a month until Microsoft Inspire 2018?  Neither can we!  3Sharp will be in and around the conference, and we thought it would be fun, and useful, to get inspired by talking to some of our key players that plan to attend about what they are excited to see and what they will be doing.  Let us guide you in your Inspired experience!

Who Are You?  And What do you do?

“Narins Bergstrom, Program Manager.  I manage a couple of programs at 3Sharp. And, I think that my primary job here is to solve problems.”

What Keynotes are you Looking Forward to?

“I am excited to see the Corenote Speaker Satya Nadella for a few reasons.  For one, we are supporting his presentation!  I’ve also seen Satya speak in the past, and he has a great delivery that I always enjoy.”

As someone who has attended Inspire previously, what tip would you give to a first time (or returning) attendee?

“Take advantage of all the networking opportunities.  There are a lot of Microsoft partners at Inspire.  Unlike Ignite where Microsoft is focused on delivering information, Inspire is focused on networking and there are all sorts of after parties, breakouts, and sessions happening at the conference.  I think taking advantage of those is the biggest piece of advice I can give to someone going to Inspire for the first time.”

Will you be doing anything for fun during the conference?

“Only things that are conference related.  I’ve found that oftentimes you don’t know what parties will be happening or what is going on after hours until you are already at Inspire.  Again, I would recommend networking, keeping your ear to the ground, talking to people.  You can’t go to Inspire and be a wallflower.”

What will you be doing as an employee of 3Sharp at Inspire 2018?

“I am going to be assisting with the Dynamics Keynote.  We will be making sure that all technical needs are taken care of and we will be backing up the presenter.  The coolest thing about backing up keynotes is that you are going through the demo on a backup device at the same time the speaker is going through the demo – and you are their safety net!  So, if anything goes wrong, you just flip a switch and you’ve made sure they are right there where they need to be.”

(Just a quick side note as an interviewer, I wish I could have gotten a picture of how Narin’s face lit up when she talked about being a safety net for our presenters!  It is evident how much she cares about the work she does.)

Make sure to check out our future interviews that are sure to inspire you.  They will be posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday leading up to the conference.